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Consumption of recalled chicken product may cause personal injury

When consumers in Florida purchase pre-prepared foods, they are often drawn to the attractive packaging, and many depend on labels to warn them of allergens. This makes it important for manufacturers to provide accurate information on such packaging. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service prescribes strict regulations relating to the labeling and packaging of retail products. When manufacturers fail to provide detailed information about the contents of packaged foods, the products may present personal injury hazards to consumers.

A manufacturer of pre-prepared chicken products in another state supplied Harris Teeter stores in nine states, including Florida, with 10-ounce packs of refrigerated chicken breasts. The packages are labelled “All Natural Grilled Chicken Strips,” but Harris Teeter announced the recall of 202 pounds of this product because the USDA found the label to be inaccurate. The correct description required is "Grilled Chicken Breast with Sundried Tomato Pasta." In addition, it was also found that the product’s ingredient information does not include the milk that is present in the product.

Alleged faulty dialysis machine causes personal injury and death

The manufacturers and suppliers of medical devices are responsible for the proper functioning of any medical devices supplied to patients, whose lives may depend on it. It is especially vital to provide private patients with proper operating instructions prior to supplying the devices in order to avoid personal injury or even death. Florida patients who rely on medical devices may want to take note of a wrongful death lawsuit that was recently filed in a civil court of another state.

A woman whose husband suffered kidney failure, leaving him dependent on a dialysis machine, recently filed a lawsuit against four defendants that she claims were responsible for her husband’s death. Her husband was apparently connected to a dialysis machine supplied by one of the defendants on June 12, 2013. The cleansing process performed by a dialysis machine has to run for specific periods of time, after which further system cleansing can be harmful. The woman accuses the defendants of providing a defective cycler that malfunctioned and exceeded the cleansing cycle by approximately two hours.

Personal injury threat posed by Bausch + Lomb eye ointment

Florida users of Muro 128 eye ointment may have experienced scratchy irritations in their eyes. The reason for this may be the fact that Bausch + Lomb recalled the product but failed to advise consumers. Only providers of eye-care, along with retailers and wholesalers, were informed about the recall, leaving consumers to continue using the defective drug with a potential personal injury threat.

The manufacturers warn distributors to prevent the freezing of the product, and after finding no manufacturing fault to cause the ointment to form crystallized particles, the conclusion was that it occurred during shipping. The affected areas are those where extremely low temperatures were experienced during the winter, causing the forming of crystals in the ointment during below-freezing conditions while being shipped. The recall involved 850,000 tubes of Muro 28 and 35,000 tubes of a sodium chloride product that is not branded.

Bristol-Myers blood thinner could cause severe personal injury

Manufacturers and distributors of medical products have a duty to ensure their products comply to the strict safety regulations that are prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. Products that pose personal injury threats are usually identified and recalled by the FDA, but this detection sometimes only occurs after the product had been distributed throughout the United States. At times, medical products that have been on the market for many years are recalled when previously unnoticed defects are identified. Florida residents may want to be informed about the recent recall of a medical product.

The recall of a Bristol-Myers product, Coumadin -- also called warfarin -- is an adaption of a tablet form of its blood thinning medication to a liquid formula that can be injected into patients who are unable to ingest a tablet orally. The vials of Coumadin may contain particulate matter that could cause the blockage of the supply of blood, and cause embolisms that may be fatal. Particulate matter is minute separate particles that will not dissolve and may be present in the injection vials.

Black & Decker routers recalled for personal injury threat

When a manufacturer of power tools offers a product to wholesalers, who will in turn offer it to retailers and agents, the tool has be able to do what it is supposed to do. However, it is also imperative that the product offers no potential personal injury hazards to those who operate it. Most people are typically aware of the dangers posed by the moving parts of power tools, but Florida residents may want to learn that non-moving parts may also jeopardize the operator’s safety.

The makers of Black & Decker power tools recently recalled 100,000 routers that were distributed in the United States between 1990 and 2014. The recall covers four models of routers that are used for cutting grooves in wood and metal, and one router base. The reported personal injury hazard of the router involves the handles on the side that are not insulated and could lead to the operator receiving an electrical shock.

Doctor's Best Red Yeast Rice recalled -- personal injury threat

The FDA has very strict regulations related to the claims made on the labels of dietary supplements. The constant monitoring of products that are offered to the public aims to keep consumers safe from personal injury suffered as the result of dangerous and defective drugs. A voluntary recall that poses a health threat was recently announced for a product that was sold in Florida and other states.

When a dietary supplement claims to prevent or treat an illness, or promises control or relief of an ailment, the product is regarded as a drug and not a supplement and will be subject to FDA drug approval. Even if a drug was previously approved to treat a particular condition, adding that drug to another product needs new approval by the FDA. Doctor’s Best brought a product that contains undeclared lovastatin to the consumer market, claiming that it will lower cholesterol levels. Although lovastatin was previously approved to treat high cholesterol, this Doctor’s Best product was classified as an unapproved drug.

Warning about personal injury threat from air conditioners

With summer temperatures soaring, many Florida residents will need the relief offered by their air conditioners. However, consumers may want to heed the warning issued by The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which recently recalled a whole range of air conditioning units that pose a potential personal injury threat. More than 100,000 air conditioning systems have been deemed unsafe, and consumers were asked not even to switch the units on.

The recalled units are grey and black and carry the logos of either American Standard or Trane. The model numbers can be found on a silver plate on the rear of the unit, and the affected model numbers can be obtained from the Trane web site. The units were offered for sale across the United States from February 2010 through March 2014.

Recall warnings about personal injury hazards with dehumidifier

At the rate of products being recalled, it is not uncommon for Florida residents to only glance at many media reports without taking proper notice. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) assures consumers that only products that pose a severe personal injury hazard will be recalled. In many cases, the recalls are a proactive attempt to avoid incidents, but consumers fail to act upon the warnings.

In a recent event, a woman from another state returned from a shopping trip to find her condo on fire. After a 911 call, the fire was extinguished by the fire department, and officials suspected that the fire was caused by a dehumidifier that had previously been recalled. This fire was the latest in nationwide incidents where the particular brand of dehumidifier has already caused property damage of $4.5 million, but the condo owner claimed to have been unaware of the recall.

Generic heart medication recalled due to personal injury threat

When doctors prescribe medication to their patients, they often replace branded products with generic medication. Florida residents may be interested to learn about a cardiologist in another state who struggled for years to convince authorities of the personal injury hazards posed by a generic heart medication. Because his warning was based on observation and not science, authorities would not act upon it.

The doctor noticed that patients who were put on the generic medication complained of various symptoms, including chest pains. When the generic product was replaced by the branded product -- or another generic product -- the symptoms were not present. After several communications of the doctor with the FDA over numerous years, two manufacturers of the generic product recently announced a recall of the product, due to the tablets not dissolving properly. Over 100,000 bottles of the generic product, known as metoprolol succinate, were recalled.

Importer cited with $3.1 million after personal injury reports

Manufacturers, importers and distributors of products that are offered to consumers have certain responsibilities, along with federal laws by which to abide. Upon obtaining information about a product defect that could pose an unreasonable risk of personal injury, it has to be reported to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission within 24 hours. Failing to do that could bring about substantial penalties.

An importer from another state recently received $3.1 million in penalties for willfully disregarding federal laws by not reporting a defective product. Florida readers may want to be aware of the potential dangers posed by a particular brand of step ladder, meant to be used in walk-in closets. CPSC reported that the company started selling the step ladders in 2005, and it began receiving notice of defects shortly afterward. It was only brought to the attention of CPSC in 2010, and a voluntary recall was announced in 2011, after receiving about 1,200 returned step ladders from consumers. Along with many complaints of breakage and cosmetic problems, at least 24 claims were filed for personal injury, including one victim who had to undergo surgical procedures, and another who was hospitalized after a fall injury.

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